Another quiz: what (romantic) poet are you?

by Yule Heibel on May 30, 2005

Thanks to Maria at Alembic, another weird quizilla to enlighten and amuse:

S. T. Coleridge
You are Samuel Taylor Coleridge! The infamous
“archangel a little damaged!” You
took drugs and talked for hours, it’s true, but
you also made a conscious choice to cultivate
the image of the deranged poet in a frenzy of
genius. You claimed you wrote “Kubla
Khan” in an afternoon after a laudanum,
when you pretty manifestly did no such thing.
You and your flashing eyes and floating hair.
And your brilliant scholarship and obvious

Which Major Romantic Poet Would You Be (if You Were a Major Romantic Poet)?
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See all possible results here.

Odd: I tried the quiz again a second time, with different answers because I wasn’t sure that I didn’t want to be William Blake instead. But guess what? I got Samuel Taylor Coleridge again. Grrr, how dare they expose my “conscious choice to cultivate the image of the deranged poet”! Oh, wait, I did it in “a frenzy of genius.” That’s alright, then.


Shelley May 31, 2005 at 1:30 am

I got Percy Bysshe Shelley. I dislike him as a poet, but did find the name to be serendipitous.

Yule Heibel May 31, 2005 at 1:39 am

No kidding! On the other hand, the poet Shelley’s full name never ceases to remind me of a cross-dressing Graham Chapman in Monty Python, leading a ‘salon’ while totally inebriated, waxing enthused at the name of Shelley, which he (she) confuses with sherry (“Another sherry? Yes, yes, alright!”).

Ah, the baleful influence of television… 😉

maria May 31, 2005 at 2:43 am

“Oh, wait, I did it in “a frenzy of genius.” That’s alright, then”

Well, there is your answer…

Seems like Keats is the glove that fits most people’s romantic gropings who took this quiz and shared the results…. I was beginning to think the whole thing is all Keats, no matter what answers one gave … because, like you, I took ti twice with different answers and I still came out as Keats!

Doug Alder May 31, 2005 at 11:13 am

“You’re John Keats! You were born poor, trained to be a doctor, and then decided you wanted to be a poet. You threw yourself into poetry with great dedication. You’re very nice and extremely dedicated to your art. You write great letters and sexy poetry. It’s amazing how much you got done in your short lifetime.”

I got Keats but was hoping for Blake. Blake, and to a lesser degree Coleridge, are my favourites of that era. I can’t stand PBS and would rather not read Keats if you don’t mind 🙂

Shelley May 31, 2005 at 7:19 pm

But Monty Python wasn’t really TV; it was theater only pretending to be TV so the kids who played in it could get better knickers to wear.

ye gods and I the only Shelley in the midst?

Yule Heibel June 1, 2005 at 1:44 am

Well, you’re all more well-read than I am, I think. I haven’t read enough of any of them (except maybe Blake) to know enough to dislike them. (I must have been too busy watching Monty Python, I guess…)

Personally, I think the “what’s your inner European” quiz (also on quizilla?, can’t remember now) is more interesting. I got “Spaniard,” which I think was due to my choice of menu (fish, with flan for dessert). My husband tried very very hard to get “German,” picking everything stereotypically associated with “German” (why?, who knows; maybe he’s a masochist), and he got “Irish” instead! Bwahaha! I suggested it was kismet, since many Spaniards ended up in Ireland, and therefore my inner Spaniard and his inner Irishman were destined to “be.” Or something like that. Whatever.

It’s all Maria‘s fault — she had this quiz about “what kind of American English do you speak”, and on that site I found the “inner European” quiz. Go ask her. I bet her washing machine works, too, so she probably has time between loads to reference the appropriate url..


Just kidding. About the time, I mean. But it was her who keeps us doing these quizzes!

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